Event co-hosted with OxPeace

In the early years of the post-apartheid democratic order, South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission attracted much attention and admiration from around the world. In her presentation, Kate O’Regan who served on the first bench of the newly established  Constitutional Court in South Africa from 1994 - 2009 and who is now the Director of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights in the Faculty of Law at Oxford, will outline the key constitutional and legislative framework of the TRC, its processes and its main report, and also briefly describe how litigation concerning the TRC was handled by the Constitutional Court. In the course of her presentation, she will identify some of the strengths and weaknesses of the TRC, and reflect on what the TRC may represent today for South Africa’s young democracy.